Christian Eriksen struck a late winner against Swansea City to move Tottenham within four points of the Premier League’s top four.
The Dane found space to fire low past Gerhard Tremmel as the game neared injury time at the Liberty Stadium. Earlier, the impressive Wilfried Bony had brought the hosts level with a stabbed shot, cancelling out Harry Kane’s powerful first-half header.
Spurs now sit seventh, two places and two points above the Swans. Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham will now look at fixtures against Burnley and Leicester City either side of Christmas Day as games which could lift them into the Champions League qualification places.
Here’s what both Managers had to say during interview after the match ended:
Swansea City manager Garry Monk: “It was a difficult start and we gave away a cheap goal but we started to create after that. There looked to be only one winner in the second half when we levelled and then there was the classic sucker-punch. “An individual mistake has ended up costing us. It’s mesmerising how we didn’t win that game. We didn’t deserve that and we came away with no points from such a great effort.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “We showed character, it was a difficult game because Swansea are a very good team. In the second half, they pushed us a little bit but we defended well and we were always alive in the game. “Harry Kane scored again, he’s still young but he has potential and he needs time to play and work hard.”
Tottenham (Kane 4’ ; Eriksen 89’)
Swansea (Bony 48’)